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2 Dead After Amtrak Train Derails, Crashes Near Philadelphia

At least two people have been reported dead after an Amtrak train south of Philadelphia derailed and crashed.

Amtrak provided a detailed explanation on what happened:

All Amtrak service is suspended between New York City and Philadelphia. This morning, Amtrak Train 89, operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe that was on the tracks and derailed the lead engine south of Philadelphia.

There were approximately 341 passengers and seven crew members on board. Initial reports are that some passengers are being treated for injuries. Local emergency responders are on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

According to KYW, the accident occurred around 8 a.m. this morning when the lead engine derailed. Emergency responders quickly arrived on the scene.

You can watch live here, via NBC Philadelphia:

We will update this post with more information as it comes in.

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